The Big Latch On 2024 is here!

Find an event near you – use our handy map and see all of the event listings here.

The Big Latch On will be held in-person from Friday 12th to Sunday 14th April 2024 across New Zealand. This will be our second year holding the event outside of World Breastfeeding Week in August. This shift is so that the event isn’t held in winter/at the height of cold and flu season. We will still continue to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week in August in other ways.

Keep an eye on our website and Facebook for updates, or you can email [email protected] should you have any questions. You can also read about the history of the Big Latch On in Aotearoa. If you are based outside of New Zealand, check out the Global Big Latch On.

Ngā mihi

The Women’s Health Action team

What is the Big Latch On?

The Big Latch On has been running for 19 years, started by Women’s Health Action in 2005. This is a global event that started right here in New Zealand!

The Big Latch On aims to support parents in their communities on their feeding journeys, by creating safe and accepting spaces. It provides an opportunity for parents to connect with and meet new friends, and receive support and information from local services.

From 2005 – 2019, the Big Latch On took place annually over three days during World Breastfeeding Week (1st – 7th August). After a few years’ hiatus during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Big Latch On returned in 2023 and since then has been held in the warmer month of April. Parents and whānau can attend Big Latch On events in person, virtually, or participate in the online Brelfie campaign. The event aims to protect, promote & support breastfeeding families.